The Girl Between Two Worlds by K.M. Levis

Critical Essay by EJ Villena |
The Girl Between Two Worlds (Anvil Publishing, 2016)

K.M. Levis is a Cagayan de Oro-born author of the young adult novel The Girl Between Two Worlds (Anvil, 2016). She has worked with ABS-CBN and SBS in Sydney and several of her stories landed in the New York Times and Al Jazeera. She has experience as a journalist and editor for online and print media such as Madison, Your Garden, Dolly, House and Garden, CNet, APC, and Practical Parenting. She finished her bachelor’s degree at Silliman University and her master’s in communications in Singapore through an ASEAN scholarship. In the last three years, she self-published two children’s books. The sequel of The Girl Between Two Worlds will be out in local bookstores in the next months.

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Southern Authors No. 10 — Jaime An Lim on Philippine Gay Poetry, Anthologizing Contemporary Mindanao Literatures, and Writing about/from Marawi

Featured Authors by Alton Melvar Dapanas |

Jaime An Lim was born in Cagayan de Oro City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (AB) in English (cum laude) from Mindanao State University in Marawi City, his Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington in Indiana, USA.

His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Philippines Free Press, Philippine Panorama, Home Life, Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, Ani: Literary Journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Caracoa: The Poetry Journal of the Philippine Literary Arts Council, Mantala: A Quarterly Journal of Philippine Literature, The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1995 and 1996, The Likhaan Anthology of Philippine Literature in English from 1900 to Present, In Time Passing, There Are Things: 100 Home Life Poets, A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, 60s to the 90s, Eros Pinoy: An Anthology of Contemporary Erotica in Philippine Arts and Poetry, and Affirming the Filipino: An Anthology of Philippine Literature. His first poetry collection, Trios, was published by the University of the Philippines Press in 1998.

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Sprout

Poetry by Alsteine Joi Diapana |

There are times at night when she finds her lover
folding his weight at the side of the bed
wrapping his arms around his chest
and tucking thick legs right over
the bitter bulge of his belly.
Facing the wall, he tries
so desperately to hide
all the unwanted
sides of skin
inside him.

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Libulan Queer Collective organizes 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio

Announcements by R Joseph Dazo |

9 to 10 February 2018 — The Libulan Queer Collective, in partnership with YouTeach Philippines-Central Visayas and the University of Cebu-Banilad, organized the 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio at the AVR 2, 8F Main Building of the University of Cebu-Banilad.

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Southern Authors No. 9 — Dominique La Victoria on Being a Young Playwright and Writing about Northern Mindanao

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Dominique La Victoria is a playwright from Cagayan de Oro. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative Writing (2014) and Theater Arts (2015) from the Ateneo de Manila University. She was a fellow for playwriting at the 20thIligan National Writers Workshop. Her plays ‘Chipline’ (2013) and ‘Ang Bata sa Drum’ (2016/2017) were staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Virgin Labfest, with the latter published in the third VLF anthology and staged by Bindlestiff Studios in San Francisco, California. ‘Ang Bata sa Drum’ was adjudged Third Prize at the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. After bouncing between New York, Manila, and Cagayan de Oro, she is currently living in London taking up Master of Arts (MA) in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths University of London.

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